The phrase “chunk” is often misused.
It refers to a type of psychological therapy that uses chunks of information or data to help people work through their problems.
But the term is actually a bit of a misnomer, according to a new book that looks at chunking psychology.
“It’s not about chunks,” said Mark A. G. Breen, a professor of psychology at New York University who specializes in the field.
“Chunks are an approach to thinking that has been around for decades and has not been adopted by most psychologists.”
Here are the key points about chunked psychology: The term refers to methods that use chunks of data or information to help a person work through a problem.
“Most psychologists don’t think of it as a mental health approach,” said David A. Schaper, a psychologist at the University of Michigan.
“There’s a lot of confusion and a lot that is a bit misleading about what it is.”
“What it is” can mean different things depending on your perspective.
Some psychologists believe that chunking is about how you solve problems.
Others believe that it’s about how the mental health profession thinks about problems.
“Many of the people who are doing this kind of work, I think, are very focused on solving problems and are not interested in thinking about how people deal with their mental health,” said Jeffrey S. Schwartz, a clinical psychologist at Emory University who studies chunking.
“If you want to learn about chunk theory, this book is very helpful.”
A chunking therapist might work with you to find the source of your stress or to help you figure out how to break down a large problem into manageable chunks.
Basking in the spotlight Basking is a word that psychologists use to describe an approach that focuses on helping people relax.
“Basking is the act of focusing your attention on a particular subject or activity that is happening in the present moment, while simultaneously trying to keep your mind open and not dwelling on what is going on in the moment,” said Schaper.
A chunk may focus on a single, big chunk of information, such as an entire journal entry or a video, or it might include smaller chunks, such that the therapist focuses on each piece in isolation.
Baskers sometimes do not use a specific subject or topic, and the therapist might focus on other areas.
In one recent study, for instance, Basker researchers asked a chunking group of about 300 people to describe the effects of a mental illness on them and to try to identify areas of concern.
They also recorded the group’s thoughts and feelings about their mental illness.
“When you have a chunk of the experience you can be able to identify the main issues that people are experiencing,” said Baskler.
“In the case of anxiety, the chunk might be the anxiety, but you can also identify areas where you are feeling more anxious.”
“We are not looking for an expert in mental health to help us.
We are looking for people who will be able, with the right tools, to understand the underlying causes and the possible treatments for people,” said Schwartz.
Borrowing from other disciplines This approach to mental health may not always make sense to people who don’t have a background in psychology.
For instance, if you work in a field that focuses solely on mental health, the person might not know that chunk therapy is also being done in a social sciences or sociology field.
The book, “The Big Chunk of Psychology: The Psychology of Chunking,” examines some of the more popular methods in this field, including the ones that chunk people into small chunks and use them to work through specific issues.
Bakers of the book said they are aware that people may not be familiar with chunking or the psychological techniques that are being discussed.
“I think it’s important to point out that the term chunk is actually derived from the word bakers, meaning bakers who bake,” said G. J. Schmitz, co-author of the study.
Baker is a German word for baker.
It’s also used to describe people who bake cookies or make cookies.
The authors hope that the book helps people understand how chunking works and to understand why psychologists are interested in it.
Baking the Big Chunks: The Psychological Science of Chunks will be published by New York’s Knopf on June 25.